The first week of our vacation got off to a little bit of a rocky start when I ended up spending the day after the Grand Prix in the hospital in Monaco. And let’s just say that if I had to spend the day in a hospital anywhere, it would be in Monaco. Just thank the dear lord that I am still covered by my dad’s health insurance…
Anyway we ended up making the most of my check up later in the week with a visit to the exotic gardens. The gardens are filled with plants from around the world, mainly Mexico and SOO many succulents. Besides the amazing plants and maintenance of the gardens, it has an beautiful view of Monaco.
Fabien had never seen the gardens before even though he has lived half an hour away his entire life and even used to work in Monaco. As we were wandering around, waiting to do the tour of the grotto he remembered that he had worked here installing the bathrooms. He took some time to admire his fine work, toilets > flowers.
A tour of the grotto is included in the ticket to the garden, and it is just as amazing as the garden itself. The grotto was discovered in the early 1900’s when construction was being done in the gardens.
On the way out there is an amazing view of Monaco including the Rock, where the Royal Palace, Oceanographic Museum and Cathedral are located. What is also so special about the view is that you can see 3 countries from standing right there, Monaco (obvs), France and Italy.
We pulled over at this spot along the highway on the way back to Menton to see the view of all of Monaco.
Back in Menton we enjoyed a late lunch of pizza, of course, and seafood salad, with some tiramisu for desert.